Lahore: Punjab University scholar discovers bio-insecticide for cotton pests

 PhD scholar Deeba Noreen Baig, working with Prof AR Shakoori of the Punjab University School of Biological Sciences, has discovered a bacteria-based, environment-friendly bio-insecticide to combat cotton pests/insects, stated a press release issued by the varsity on Wednesday.

Defending her PhD thesis, ‘Cloning and Molecular Characterisation of cry1Ac Gene from Local Isolates of Bacillus Thuringiensis’ in a public seminar, Deeba highlighted the importance of the findings. She said that commercial trials in the coming years would clear the genetically-engineered product for commercial use by Pakistani companies. Source: Daily Times, 7/8/2008

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